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The Time I’ve Loved You: Episode 7

Hana decides she needs some space to sort things out for herself and her career, which is a good move in theory, but doesn’t seem to work out so well in practice. It’s tough when your job description is flexible enough to include becoming an indentured servant to the concert pianist whose choice of shoes for his next performance will decide whether the nation’s fashion economy will live another day, but I guess it also doesn’t help when that pianist is your ex-fiancé. And also that he’s kind of a douche. Or worse—a misunderstood douche.

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

Won and Hana’s family start to get worried about her when none of them can find her, either by reaching her on the phone or at the office. Hana calls her mother to say that she’ll be sleeping over at a friend’s, but when Dae-bok shows Won the file Hana left in her room about her upcoming project with Seo-hoo, Won understands why she’s being evasive.

Hana’s checked herself into a hotel for the night to treat herself, and attempts to will away all thoughts of Seo-hoo that keep popping into her head. She’s unsuccessful, and tells herself that she’ll exclude men from her life until she can set her work life straight again.

No wonder Mom looked nervous when she received that call from Hana—she knew Hana wasn’t staying at a friend’s house, but had to lie to everyone else that she was. Instead she visits her daughter at her hotel room to lend emotional support, but not without a little scolding first.

Mom joins Hana in her pity party, as she rails against the fact that she lost the Chinese market project she’d been working on for a year to Team Leader Hwang. When Mom says she should’ve just quit, Hana acknowledges that she thought about it, but it’s all just so unfair.

She goes into how she worked hard to become a professional in her career, and how she dedicated herself solely to that project to the point where she lost sleep and didn’t even date properly for a year. What’s worse, she adds, is that her coworkers treat her as if she’s so desperate to date that she gets blinded by men.

So in the end, she cries, she’s been made an idiot because of men. “Everyone made me a fool, there’s no one next to me,” she sniffles. Mom takes offense to that—she’s right here, after all. Hana apologizes and hugs her mom, thanking her for being there for her.

“And… you have Won,” her Mom mentions. “You have Won right by your side.” Why is it that Hana seems surprised to hear that Won spent all day looking for her? Mom adds that she can’t understand why Hana hasn’t grabbed onto Won when Won is one in a million. “You have a diamond right in front of you, why are you looking elsewhere?”

“Honestly Mom, why wouldn’t I see Won as a man?” Hana confesses before adding, “But you should give up on Won.”

Flash back to the days of the 2002 World Cup, where Won had taken his then-girlfriend to a party only for Hana to show up. All the girls present hated her, and Won’s girlfriend had deliberately snuck grass into her food before spraying her in the eyes with makgulli in a jealous rage.

The girl, unable to believe that Hana and Won were just friends and now believes the rumors are true, had yelled at Hana to just admit she’s “maintaining her aquarium” or get out of Won’s life. (The aquarium saying is a common way to refer to someone who strings people along and toys with their feelings as if they like them, when in reality they don’t.)

Of course Won had stayed with Hana, where she worried later that she’d never be able to get married if rumors about her were already spreading. “You’ll have to take responsibility for me,” she told Won, which we all know means “You’ll have to marry me.”

And though Won replied that he would take responsibility for her for the rest of her life, he made sure to add: “As a friend.” Hana huffed and puffed, “Do you really not see me as a woman?” To Won, it didn’t matter if he did or didn’t, since he promised to take care of her forever anyway.

That only irritated Hana further. “Why would you be responsible for me? My husband should be responsible for me!” All the better for him, Won replied playfully, since it’d mean he’d have less of a job to do.

In the present, Hana tells Mom that’s why she has to stop pushing the idea of her and Won together, and Mom accepts. They fall asleep facing each other, a perfectly supportive pair. It’s always nice to see mothers who aren’t awful in dramaland.

Neither Seo-hoo or Won can reach Hana that night, and Won changes his work schedule the next morning so he can keep looking for her. So-eun’s with Mi-hyang when she finds out (of course), and definitely wants to know what caused Won to miss work.

Won tries looking for Hana at work to no avail, and wonders if she could be with Seo-hoo. He overhears Team Leader Hwang talking nasty about Hana and considers calling Seo-hoo… but ends up meeting him at the company elevator anyway.

When Seo-hoo callously asks where Hana is, Won’s at least gratified to know that it means she hasn’t been with him. “Nice to see you, Cha Seo-hoo,” Won says in a way that makes it clear it’s not nice to see him at all. “Stop looking for her. Even if I knew, I wouldn’t tell you.”

Seo-hoo takes that to mean that Won doesn’t know where Hana is either, and warns him to hurry up and find her—or else he’ll find her first. Won accepts the challenge, sure that he’ll win. And maybe he will, since Hana calls him moments later.

But Seo-hoo uses Hana’s boss to put the pressure on her to show up for work or else, so he may win after all. Then he flashes back to their engagement party (sorry I mistook it for a wedding folks, but to be fair, the flashbacks are pretty vague here), where he’d run all the way to Hana’s house after missing the ceremony…

…Only to find Won bringing her home, and Won being the one to console her. He thought to himself that he’d lost again to two people who were like oxygen to each other.

Every time he’d try to draw near to her, he’d been blocked by the invisible wall she and Won built around themselves: “That day I saw for myself that there was something within their hearts that they weren’t even aware of.” He never made his presence known to either of them.

Hana shows up at home like nothing happened, and reacts like a child when Won scolds her for worrying him like she did—she didn’t even show up for work or call him, how did she think he was going to react? “I wanted to call you last night,” she calls after him. “But I didn’t. On purpose.”

On their rooftop (where day has instantly turned into night), Hana explains that when she had her office troubles the day before, she realized the only place she had to go was either home or to him. When Won asks why she didn’t call him then, she admits that she was embarrassed because she’d bragged about the project she was working on to him and lost it because she apparently loses her mind when she’s around men.

“I’m going to put some space between us,” she says decidedly. “All this time, I think I’ve been depending on you too much. Whenever I’m having a hard time, you’re always there. It’s become a habit, so now I can’t solve anything by myself. I get swayed easily, which is how I’ve lived so far, so now I’m going to practice being independent. And for the time being, I’m not going to have men in my life.”

Won looks at the bright side, and asks if that means she sees him as a man. Hana doesn’t really answer that insinuation but says he’s still counted as a man who needs to be counted out for the time being. Though he doesn’t betray his feelings out loud, Won thinks, “Why does it have to be now, Oh Hana?”

Hana explains her reasoning as being professional—since she’s known around the office for being involved with men, she wants to fix her image so she can be judged fairly based on her capabilities. So that means Won can’t go looking for her in the office anymore, which he says he won’t do. But he’s still mad.

That gets fixed in no time at all when Hana makes enough aegyo faces at him to last a lifetime, and he can’t help but give in. Besides, it’s not like it changes the fact that they’re a package: Hana plus Won (“Hana” means one in Korean, and Won sounds like the number one in English, so it’s one plus one.)

But Won warns her against disappearing again without a warning, because then she’ll really see him angry. They turn to playing like their old selves while we hear Hana say in voiceover, “Behind my pain and frustration, there always lies a chance, hidden like a treasure, for me to start over again.”

Later that night Won also thinks to himself, “The thirty-four-year-old Hana is still growing up. As part of her learning curve, she chose for now to put men aside for work. My heart’s decision must also be put aside for a while to support Hana’s decision.”

In order to make up for her failure at work, Hana’s told to put all her efforts into her project with Seo-hoo. Seo-hoo looks quite happy to have her working with him, while the opposite seems true for her. “Where were you?” he demands to know. “It was a personal matter,” Hana replies coolly.

Since Hana has to please Seo-hoo to keep her job, he takes advantage of that by making her haul around the posters she has to get cleared from him all the way back to his hotel without lifting a finger to help her.

But then she grows uncomfortable when he sits next to her and lays down the law on personal and professional boundaries, which Seo-hoo seems to accept without issue.

After a cradle-robbing interlude with Assistant Hong and Dae-bok, we return to find Hana struggling to keep Seo-hoo on task. She’s trying to do her job, but when he interrupts her to not to ask her out to dinner, but to ask what she wants for dinner since he arrogantly assumes she’s going to eat with him, she loses her temper.

She still keeps herself in check and remains formal, but reiterates that she’s just with him to do her job. But she gets a reprieve when Seo-hoo’s teacher shows up, and calls Won to check if he’s still going to some gathering they’ve got later. She can tell just from his voice that he’s still angry with her.

Flash back to when Hana had tried to set Won up with a friend of hers, only for him to flatly refuse her and ignore Hana’s efforts. He’d been angry at her back then for taking a stranger to their rooftop, and she’s reminded of it now as she tells him how she spent three days that time trying to make things right.

“Of course,” he remembers. “But you know I don’t let go of my anger just because three days have passed, right? You have to work harder.” It’s worth noting that he’s clearly teasing her here, though maybe he’s still got a little grudge he’s holding onto.

Things are awkward when Won returns to work, and So-eun attempts to clear things up by calling him aside for a private chat. It’s good because he’d been wanting to talk to her too, and clear some things up.

But it’s not the kind of news she wants to hear, since he keeps it short and sweet and says: “From now on, I hope there won’t be a reason for me to hurt your feelings.” She’s been shot down, albeit kindly, though Mi-hyang does find her sobbing later and gives her a shoulder to cry on.

After attending a drinking party with their old high school buddies, Hana and Won retreat to their rooftop. (I guess she’s not distancing herself from him after all?) She comes clean about the project she has to do with Seo-hoo since she felt that not telling him was dishonest, and though Won already knew about it, he appreciates her loyalty.

He tells her he’ll be gone for three days for a flight to the United States, and Hana jokes that she wants to go with him—but doing so would really mean the end of her job. “Should we go on a date when I come back?” Won asks suddenly.

“A date?” Hana repeats. Then she replies, “Sure.”

In a short exchange with his manager, Seo-hoo seems nonchalant about the fact that he wants to cancel his European tour so he can come back to Korea faster, claiming that he performs better when he chooses how and where he works.

“What I’m hearing is that you would perform better if you’re with that person,” his manager quips back, clearly referring to Hana.

Won goes on his flight and sends Hana a text, which Hana explains in voiceover as being something he does every day when he’s on a long-distance flight.

“Having been together for a long time,” she says in voiceover, “it’s not about how much we know each other, but how big the emptiness is whenever we’re apart.”

She’s unhappy when Seo-hoo picks her up the next morning, and shows as much when she refuses to say more than absolutely necessary on their car ride to the concert hall.

He wants her to watch him practice, something she doesn’t want to do since she feels it’s unnecessary for her job. He convinces her to stay by saying it is necessary, since she needs to know everything about his performance to do her job. Oh, because it makes total sense that she’d need to match shoes to the concerto he’ll be playing and not just to his clothes—only designers with a death wish would do something like that.

When he starts playing, Hana’s face seems to lose all its color. She knows this piece because she helped him pick it when they were together. She’d even asked him to play it for her at his next performance, but he’d refused, and instead offered to play it at a special performance just for her.

Which is what he’s doing now, at last. Tears spring to Hana’s eyes as she watches him play, but when he finishes and looks up, she’s gone.

She’s gone to Director Byun to ask to be removed from the project with Seo-hoo unless her role in it is revamped, because as of now she’s being treated like his secretary and is getting dragged around like one. In the end they’re just his sponsor, so there’s no reason for Hana to be Seo-hoo’s slave.

Seo-hoo looks through his various books of sheet music to find all the little notes Hana used to leave him inside, like which piece made him look the coolest, which was the first he let her listen to, etc. He smiles to see them now.

Hana greets Won’s return with a huge hug, and they follow it up by playing arcade games like they used to do when they were little. But when he doesn’t divulge anything after she asks if he has anything to say to her, she finds it suspicious—after all, they promised that they wouldn’t have secrets from each other.

Won argues that he never made such a promise, and besides, she wouldn’t even understand a man’s problems. Hana says to try her: “This noona will listen to all your worries.”

So Won finally opens up, and asks, “Do you know what the most important thing is? Timing.” But his timing goes wrong when Hana gets an emergency call from work and has to leave their playdate early.

Only when she’s gone does Won take out a ring-shaped box and tells it, “You’ll have to wait a little longer.” Omo. Is that…?

But the emergency turns out to be a carefully orchestrated event to get Hana back in the same room as Seo-hoo, since he’s invited the entire marketing team out for a night of drinking. She knows the trap she’s been caught in, so she’s not about to refuse the drinks sent her way.

Meanwhile, Won heads over to Hana’s house to play video games with her little brother, only to find out that Dae-bok saved the bunny Seo-hoo got Hana from the garbage. Won’s not happy that it’s back in the house, and therefore back in Hana’s orbit.

Hana tries to leave the bar on her own, refusing to acknowledge her drunkenness to Seo-hoo. He insists on taking her home, but she stops him: “No! I hate you! I’ll say it clearly: I. Hate. You.” And besides, he’s a year younger than her, and should be calling her noona.

That’s when Won arrives, and Seo-hoo mutters under his breath that of course Won’s here. Won totally ignores him as he takes Hana’s purse and kneels down so she can climb on for a piggyback ride.

Hana seems to ignore him too, even when Seo-hoo repeatedly and pitifully says her name to try and get her attention. “Hana. Hana…” He’s left to watch them leave with reddened eyes wet with unshed tears.

Flash back to Hana apologizing to Won for bringing an unauthorized person to their rooftop hideout by inviting him to a tent fort she’s prepared, along with a watermelon where she’s carved the word miahn (sorry) for him.

And then their watermelon seed spitting contest soon devolves into them just running around and chasing each other, as happy as happy can be.

 
COMMENTS

I’m sure it’d only be to Seo-hoo’s benefit to stop beating around the bush and just have a real conversation with Hana, but the same can be said for Won too. If that’s an engagement ring he’s waiting to give to her, then he’s sure changed a lot over a relatively short span of time—is it really just the re-emergence of Seo-hoo that’s got Won thinking he has to tie Hana down for good? But if it was just that he was jealous, wouldn’t he have acted when Hana was with that awful ex of hers? Or Sung-jae?

Whatever the case, Won’s feelings have changed and Hana still has absolutely no idea. At this point I can’t really blame her, because Won’s been pretty firm about keeping her in the friend zone all these years despite his feelings for her. Every time he’s had an opportunity to hint that there could be something more, he’s shut the very idea down, so unless Hana’s a mind reader, it’s not her fault that she doesn’t see Won as even a remote possibility.

She seems more okay with that idea than he is, so I wonder if it’ll come as a surprise to her if/when Won ever works up the courage to pop the question. He’s right about timing, but he always seems to be on the right end of that spectrum when it comes to Hana, at least in comparison to Seo-hoo. In an ideal world where answers exist, we could feel just a little bit bad for our angsty piano player, but it’s hard to muster up empathy when he allowed three years to pass without ever giving Hana an explanation and now expects to be welcomed back into her life with open arms.

It’s all the more bizarre when he doesn’t get what he wants and turns into a sad puppy, because he’s not the spurned lover in this situation, no matter how he’s fixed the narrative in his mind. If he was a no-show for the engagement party and saw his understandably upset fiancée being consoled by her best friend, then it was his job to step in and explain himself. But this slinking back into the shadows business while being secretly sad about Hana and Won’s closeness? Not cutting it. Not cutting it at all.

Plus, he’s not exactly earning points by ordering Hana around like an unpaid intern. It’s clear he’s jumping through a whole lot of hoops just to get himself back in her orbit again, but my biggest question isn’t just why, but why now?

 
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reading the words, I wonder if you doing the review because you enjoy the drama or just doing it through a feeling of duty of seeing it through to its end. Or maybe I just putting too much in between the lines on my own. Either way you deserve kudos for your effects.

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A much anticipated drama with high expectations from viewers seeming to go into that mediocre and draggy territory. It takes a lot of effort to get through to the end for both viewers and recappers. I've been reading recaps for quite a few dramas on different sites. Let's just say I so appreciate recappers who continue to recap the boring drama till the very last episode.

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Yup. Not every site can recap every drama, so you have to pick and choose - and often the ones that sound the best from the pre-air hype turn out to be a mess, but the recaps have already gotten underway.

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Thank you so much, Heads! Whatever your reason to write the recap, I really appreciate it because the sub was not enough for me to understand some sweetness of this little drama.

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I remember I was so disappointed when Chuno recaps stopped so suddenly in the middle of it. Thank you Heads for recapping this, I am looking forward to reading them right to the end !

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I just don't get Seo-hoo. Right now, he's just acting like a spoilt brat and a real jerk. No apologises, no explanation when he had the time and opportunity to do so, but he has the time and gall to push her around and thinks that that would make her go back to him. If so, he's born in the wrong era. He should go back to the Neanderthal days. Is this this what he calls love?

Compared to Won, who respects her wishes, and is willing o wait for the right time - but please hurry. We've been waiting too!

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"Respecting her wishes and waiting for the right time" is fine and good. But waiting for 17 years? And he still spit it out? I'd say the guy has VERY serious issues.

I like Won's dedication to her and all, but I'd be afraid to hook up w a guy who simply can't cross that threshold into couple-hood. He needs psychotherapy, a lot of it.

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And he still "Can't" spit it out.

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I felt exactly the same way about his character in Romance 2. Of course, in that one I thought the girl he loved needed at least as much time, if not more, on the couch.

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I just find Seo-hoo too big! He looks like an entirely different species standing beside people. Weird weird looking and too big and tall.

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i love the main guy so much~~!!!!

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you know I do feel somewhat bad for the ex-fiance... and it's because these two are in love with each other and have been for what seems like forever..only they have been trying to ignore it or what have you..and really who would ever be able to come between them? I mean it's always going to be Won for Hana..and for Won he will always choose Hana. I know I should actually understand them a little better however they are driving me crazy...and what room is there for another girl or guy with these guys..when they already get all they could need from eachother..except sex..I'm just trying to see how they would change if they were to date and the only change I'm seeing would be that..so where does that leave the people who try having relationships with them? man this show is annoying me..but I don't want to give it up..lol

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Well Seohoo was so spot on when he said that he’d been blocked by the invisible wall she and Won built around themselves: “That day I saw for myself that there was something within their hearts that they weren’t even aware of.”

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Actually, I'm surprised he came even came back after that observation.

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Yes. I mean, after he messed up three years ago, how could he even think he still has a chance? Moreover if their bond was already so strong then.

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I mean, compare this with Yejin's exes in Producer who all decided there's no point because of that simmering, unspoken love between her and Joonmo.

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Who would want to or could be with a person who already has a soulmate of the opposite sex, living right next door, for 17 years no less?

You'd never be their soulmate; that other person would always come first. Where does that leave you? A 3rd wheel, an outsider, frustrated, jealous lover. No good.

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Thanks very much, HeadsNo2, for the recap!

I love this drama and our OTP! Won and Hana have such wonderful rapport and make such a lovely pair.

I also like Seo Hoo, even though he was quite the schlub with leaving Hana stranded three years past, a total NO Show,without a single explanation...yeesh!!

Sigh...It may well be that I love Yoon Gyung-San...such a charismatic actor.

I'm looking forward to "what's ahead" when Hana softens towards him...my guess is that SHE'S RUNNING BACK TO FACE HIM...and she'll give him another chance, at least be more receptive to him. Ack!! My heart will be heavy at seeing Won's heart get hurt.

I'm actually torn between the two fellas now...I know, I know...should favor Won for all his sweetness and kindness with Hana...BUT, just can't resist the "darker dude"---He with his sexy side smiles and sad, woeful eyes...

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I really don't like the writer switch - their personality shifted noticeably.

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i agree, i feel like it was a noticeable difference in their personalities and even the story pacing.

but I dont know of a writers switch that turned out well

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agree - it just feels like a regular ole kdrama to be....no charm left whatsoever

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I kinda wish L's character was the main second lead. I liked him even though he was manipulative. This pianist guy is annoying as heck. I was barely able to finish this episode -- between him and the second female lead, it's hard to muster up the courage to watch the next episode.

Also, I guess Won's Big Secret Reason for not loving Hana has suddenly disappeared? Maybe this writer forgot that the last writer put that in? Sigh.

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me too love L's character..kinda miss him.. hehe

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In the Taiwanese version, L's character does return later in the drama. If I remember correctly, it was Hana who is giving L some love advice. So I hope this drama brings L back as well :)

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Nic (L) and You Qing (Hana) became good friends.

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I wish they kept the reason why Sung-jae was nice to Hana, like that in ITWY. Sigh. It was much more interesting.

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I know what you mean, I really liked Nic in the Taiwanese version, they made his character quite likeable compared to this version. He was really nice so I hope they do the same here and bring Sungjae back to show us their friendship. :)

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I know a lot of people don't like this drama because of the pace. I, for one, love it! I love every part of it. The relationship between Ha-na and Won makes me so envious. I feel butterflies when their scenes together come up. Whether it's friendship or love or something in between, I want to witness it all.

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I don't like it because it seems to be filled with a huge overdoes of noble idiocy.

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I also love the scenes with Won and Hana and their families. It's the second leads that make watching unbearable. Not sure why writers think they have to make second leads like that. Just habit, I guess. Also, I'm not sure how many episodes you can make out of just Won and Hana being cute together.

L's character was much more enjoyable. He had lots of chemistry with Hana, and he was plausible competition for Won, unlike the pianist guy.

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Heads, I guess drama melt-downs are your cross to bear.

Thanks for keeping us entertained. I have a feeling that from now on your recaps are going to be the best part of the show. :-)

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Some people are just attracted to toxic shows I guess :D

This show is doing pretty poorly in the ratings also, would not surprise me if they cut it short.

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I see the flashbacks as a peek into their connection. No long time friendship doesn't have those moments that define the friendship. It's acts as a memory for the character that they think about as they interact with their friend. As someone that's in Hana's shoes with a best friend that I have been in love with for 10 years while everyone else tells me we should end up together and he just shuts it down as being a friend- I understand. During my interactions with him I think back to those little defining moments, our arguments, our laughter, my tears...each one brought us closer and defined our friendship more.

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I like that, after all of Won's fussing over Hana, we finally see an incident where Hana went out of her way for Won, with the whole picnic set up as apology. (=

And that Hana + Won joke is hilarious! I wonder if the name came first and the joke inspiration later, or the other way round. d=

Those girls at the World Cup party are silly. It's not as if Hana was flirting or acting too close to him then. Sheesh.

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"HANA PLUS WON!" 1 + 1!

I love how their names fit like that. ^^

Their cute and funny friendship scenes are always a pleasure to watch. But I'm nervous for Won with his secret ring? gift. They haven't opened up about being more than just friends to each other. Hana will be quite shocked if/when he springs it on her....

Seo Hoo is frustrating and despicable. He admitted to seeing the true love between Won and Hana, yet he is still trying to win Hana back. Ugh.

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This drama story is really boring. They waste Ha Ji Won with poor writing. What they did in every episodes just tried to make as many as they can the cute scenes between Won and Hana which really annoy me because they're adults (34 years old). Can they create something more relevant stories among people in their 30s? Even my love for Ji Won can't make me sit peacefully for watching it till finish. Sigh...

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i didnt found this drama is so interesting, but it still has my interest on it. it is because the plot of the drama seems to be simple, but i love the idea of friendship the have. i totally like it and i wanna that kind of relationship.

hopefully the storyline gets better, make some more conflicts to the characters. then it might get better.

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There were several dramas that I still enjoy watching them even though not many conflicts involved or no villain (totally same pattern as this drama). But, those dramas have better story telling and character developments. However, in this drama it just continuously repetition without any development till now which makes me getting bored. I prefer them act as their age (adults) than talking and behave like a cutie which not match with their age. I can't even watch their eating watermelon or the scenes where Hana got drunk and the girl put grass in her food, because it just too cheesy and childish for an adult..lol…I need some real conversations among adults.

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well, they would've been like, 21 at the time of the grass thing, and 21 year olds just aren't always the most mature

i guess it bother me less because i do't kn what "real conversation among adults" is like

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ugh just thought about my comment and realized that i sound like a snotty little brat. apologies.

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As a person who had a relationship like Won and Hana, I can give a seal of approval to everything that Hana thought in this episode. When you grow up with a person and is that close, it is hard to separate yourself from the other person. It's hard to be independent from them simply because you're already entangled so tightly since before your sense of self has developed.

My friend and I had that separation forced on us when we had to go to different islands for college and it hurt. I remembered us hugging each other one day before we had to part, and pulling away from him and cannot meet his eyes because I knew I would start bawling. I remembered watching his car disappear around the corner and I had to swallow the painful lump inside my throat.

And even then we emailed each other daily without fail, convinced that if we missed a day something terrible had happened to the other. We have appointments for chats at night after we got to each other's homes and shared our day.

I understood Seo hoo's frustration on how hard it is to be the third person in such a relationship, that kind of relationship is pretty inclusive, and it's hard to need another person when you're already emotionally fulfilled, but I can't sympathize with him, even if there is a strong reason for him to miss the engagement party, what about calling? What about explaining to Hana about what happened? What about NOT letting her deal with the pain of being abandoned and the humiliation? So, no sympathy for you Seo Hoo.

Pushy bastard. I hate guys like him, who when refused, go to other people, using his position to corner Hana like that is just icky and disrespectful and childish. Been there and also done that. *shudders*

Mom and Hana was super sweet.

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Yea, Love their relationship. Mum is so cute and supportive.

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I understand that some finds it weird/boring because this has nothing but sweet family and great friends hanging around doing simple things, like eating and just talking with each other. Like you said, the moment Hana had with her mom was super cute and I am so happy to find this kind of relationship in my drama because mostly I got tensions, angst and problem from kdrama moms.

So, this episode is telling us that Hana, in her baby step, is going to be independent from any namja problems, she even tried to not contact Won which surprised me (in a good way) because it is a something great and she should really do it for herself. It must be her reason for protesting to her boss that she wanted to be removed from the project with Cha Seo-hoo who treated her unprofessionally, like his personal secretary or even slave. Good for you, Sister!

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Right? I love that she stood up to herself in that way, so I hate it even more when the boss essentially pimped her out in that way. I mean, the boss already has an inkling that the douche has personal interest in Ha Na which makes his decision to 'lend' Ha Na to the douche even more unnerving. If he was a good boss, he would have nipped that in the bud. Ugh.

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I cant sympathy with him either. if u cudnt make it on time, or whatever reasons, hello.. u can simply make a phone call. what a stupid person for whatever reason he has. because it alone made Hana felt she was abandoned and ofc humiliation..

the only reason that i can figure out is that because Seo Hoo feel insecure with Won. but whatever it is, i cant sympathy with Seo Hoo, at this moment.

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I'm just here for the LJW pictures....

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(but thank you for the recap to go with those pictures!)

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heads, thank you for the recap.
>It’s tough when your job description is flexible enough to include becoming an indentured servant to the concert pianist whose choice of shoes for his next performance will decide whether the nation’s fashion economy will live another day, but I guess it also doesn’t help when that pianist is your ex-fiancé. And also that he’s kind of a douche.<lmao

This story suffers from a lot of boys who really don't know how to use their words. And simply - he's not a sad puppy, he's just a dick.

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Agreed.

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I am going to be saying something boldly.

The first lead and second lead rationalizations for behaving the way they behaved up till now are not rational nor normal - perhaps slightly normal in drama universe. - But neither of them can relate to ordinary viewer because both male leads have been one dimensional. We do not know their conflicts yet and by the time writer decides to reveal them, I am afraid that we would have lost interest in these characters.

Because apart from the romance angle, this drama has no other major plot points.

So truthfully, this is the time the script needs to change. They need to decide who is the pivotal chracter and make things happen to her.

If it is HJW, then, she needs to let go of her emotional investment with her 'friend' and find alternatives.

if it is CW, then he needs to get a life. Really, get a life. You are too clingy. That is not friendship. You are just being a third wheel.

And if you are the other guy, come straight dude and tell her why u did what you did and that you want her back and let her decide.

The writing is not really good. Apart from her family, I am not liking anyone.
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Happy ending for me is, HJW stays a sprinter for next 10 years. Choi dude disappears from her life.

And with a clean slate, they all romance again in 5 years. - Which I am not interested in.

all in all, this drama sucks.

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Maybe I should comment on the episode 8 recap - BUT. I really want to say that I actually get where the writing is headed, despite all the writer changes, and although YKS is annoying the heck out of me, I feel that the cast (esp hjw and ljw of course) are doing a good job with characterisation and bringing the story to life. That's just me. I know many would disagree though haha

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YKS is SO stiff. But then he was very awkward when they were shooting for the posters, press con etc. He was really good as Hyung... here I feel he's just miscast and he 'may' feel a bit uncomfortable acting opposite a big star like HJW. I just can't imagine to myself that his character and Hana were ever in a passionate relationship.

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I don't understand why they made Won's feelings so clear early in the show. There's no tension. Also, I know I shouldn't talk about the source material much, but I hope it's okay to just say one vague thing. With the high-school situation in the original show, even if they didn't tell you right out why he didn't confess to her, you could kind of figure it out. It really seems here like he didn't confess because then they wouldn't be able to have a show about them being best friends in their 30s.

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ahhh HAHAHAHA I think you really nailed it, that does now seem like the reason he didn't confess.

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Thanks for the recap Heads!! Really appreciate it :)

Why is Seo-Hoo nothing but a jerk? Was he ever non-douchey? His character feels incomplete and we've seen him in quite a few episodes already. Even if he is a jerk, there needs to be something about him that attracted Ha Na to him. Don't tell me the only reason is because she saw him and her heart started pounding. *rolls eyes*

And also, what does he like about her? Currently he's in love with the chase - the thrill of trying to get her interested in him. And I also want to know, not just why, but why now?

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i just wanna say that i want a relationship like Won-Hana. Instead of bff, i want a boyfriend / husband like Won.. :D

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this drama is still fun for me, the story is simple but still interesting. this is not the drama that could left deep impresion but it's enjoyable. i need this kind og drama after beautifull melodrama "my love eundong"

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Now I'm losing my interest in this drama. This reminds me to what I felt about Warm and Cozy.
Will just read the recap from now on.

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Warm & Cozy is a good parallel for me. The more I watched with that one and this one, the less that I actually WATCHED, finally reaching the point of randomly fast forwarding.

Past 3 episodes have been in the recap only zone.

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Same here. I'm fast losing interest in this drama too...I've been trying my best to keep interested but I end up falling asleep when I didn't want to. I think it's because I've seen the original and probably already know how the story plays out. Or maybe because I'm watching other dramas at the same time that are more better at keeping me hooked.

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Same here! Although this has lost my interest faster than Warm & Cozy did. Couldn't make it through this episode.

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Am sorry drama, sorry HJW but am soo over this drama! Am even sorrier to YGS cuz I love him to bits but...but....this drama isn't going anywhere for me, and the little steps its currently taking just aren't doing it for me. What a shame!

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Oh i totally feel you.. ive a male bestfriend fr more than 20yrs now.. we do love each other and cud've been together at one point but it just nvr happened...

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i'm still enjoying this drama.. it is refreshing that no one is having any money prob, family prob or health prob.. just normal people trying to get through everyday problems.. you know like falling in love with your bestfriend of 17 years...

1 + 1 couple fighting!!!!

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I don't know what to say about Seo Hoo. He humiliated Hana by abandoned her on the engagement day, left her because of his insecurity due to Won without a word or explanation to Hana. He shamelessly dared to come back & ask for reconciliation. His arrogant & manipulative ways to reconcile with Hana were really unbearable. I do hope Hana will not easily jump like crazy stupid bunny back to him no matter the reason he gives.

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1) I seriously hope there is more to Seo Hoo's disappearance than "It made me sad to see another man comfort you when I screwed up and hirt your feelings." Because the obvious solution to that problem is stop screwing up, not move to New York. I hope this is not the incident that he blames Won for either because... see above.

2) I'm going to use our professional relationship to force you to hang out with me is seriously the creepiest of all the Intrusive Courtship Tactics used by KDrama men. Just no, its scary becuse it amounts to blackmail.

3) It speaks volumes that we all prefer this guy as a Triple Murderer. Truly a terrible character. It's one thing to write someone who viewers love to hate. But it's quite another to write a character so dumb that we just hate him.

4) I can't decide is So Eun's tears are real or if she's still playong games but o dont feel bad for her eother way.

5) I'm going to rage rage rage if we spend another three weeks with Wob carrying that box around and chaging his mind every time Hana says she doesn't want a man. She's saying thay BECAUSE you wont be honest with her!

6) Hana has a whole family that respects, supports and cares about what's best for her? I'm scared, y'all. One of those good peoplw is not going to make it. I don't think anyone will die, but someone is getting Cancer or hit by a car or something. The KDrama laws are clear about these things.

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"It speaks volumes that we all prefer this guy as a Triple Murderer."

LOL! No kidding!

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So.. has the quality of this drama stayed the same after the writer switch? I haven't watched past episode 5 after finding out that they switched the writers in fear that I may be wasting my time..

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Thanks for the recap.Another week of waiting .Fighting

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Thanks for the recaps! ! Just love love Won & Han a. .And I am still enjoy reading your recaps n watching this drama. .^_*:))..Hwaiting!

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When this drama remake was originally announced I was surprised. Did the people involved not watch the original? Why would they think that this old, placid drama could possibly appeal to today's drama viewer?

Sure, In Time With You was a hit back in the day but even then it had a plodding pace. Changing writers will not change the overall story.

I was so bored this episode that I could not finish.

On the plus side: Ha Ji-won's wardrobe is spectacular, and she looks fine, and fit as well.

The men in this drama, except for L, are meh.

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Am I the only one honestly confused about everyone's hate for this drama? Like...it's not THAT boring and frustrating? I don't feel embarrassed by the characters (which is something that would make me hate a drama). While I don't agree with some of Won and Hana's actions I think they're pretty realistic in that they make mistakes and don't always do what they set out to?

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Wow that first screenshot of Hana with the side fringefringe. She looks so pretty...now I feel like growing out my bangs to have a side fringe too! LOL

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When two people are this close as Won and Ha na, it's baffling that they're still just friends. The connection is way too strong and we don't have enough reasons to understand why they never once had at least, a near-miss opportunity to be lovers or even date for real.

The drama grew on me, mainly because of Won. He's really intense and even interesting to watch.

Maybe because he has so many sides to him: the one he shows at work around his co-workers, the one he shows to his aunt, and the one Ha na and her family get to see. I definitely think this is a good drama.

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Famous concert pianist seems a bit lofty for the common man, who would date that? I can't help but compare pianist ex here and hot ex in the original. They're worlds apart in terms of sex appeal, maturity (boy vs man) and doucheyness. Besides, no idea if it's the writing or the actor, but he's not believable as ever being in a serious relationship with Ha Ji Won's character.

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@ HeadsNo2

Thanks so much for recapping this and being committed to a show that is vaguely pleasant but has little to invest in, ... that has beautiful leads but characters we are becoming increasingly indifferent to.

My main thought this episode is that Ha Na should stick to what she said. Take a break from "men"... and I mean, really take a break from both Won and whatshisname.

Ha Na-shi: Don't even meet up for friend chats with Won. Just find a new friend, preferably a female or stick with your old ones or talk with your dad and mum more. Show that you really do not depend on him. Even better, do the trope thing and go abroad for a couple of years.

Then come back a more confident person, knowing exactly whether you want to spend you days single with a friend, or married to that friend, or confident enough to be rejected by that friend and still carry on alone ... and make the first move regardless of what that Wuss said in the past.

Be free to stand on your own without feeling that you need to report to Won to make him not worry. It's not your fault that Won is so needy. Don't take on another's emotional baggage. Make your decisions as objectively as possible. If he cannot make a truthful decision about your relationship and tell you, then let him go.

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I just have one question.... What does a ring shaped box look like? LOL. :P

Thanks for the recap!

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Our hyung intense-gazing-eyes looks so much like our beautiful boy Lee Jun Ki! ;p

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"On their rooftop (where day has instantly turned into night)…"
This made me LOL for a good one minute.

Thanks for the recap Heads!

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